One of the benefits of the world’s recent shift to digital photography is the convenience it lends to those who, before, were so afraid or intimidated by film. Photographers have long had a saying that “Film is cheap,” especially when compared to a missed, stunning photograph. However, many people with their point-and-shoot 35mm cameras didn’t feel so ready to shoot roll after roll of this “cheap” stuff and then pay to have it processed. They didn’t want to waste film and so always came back with a handful of boring, normal pictures.
But NOW, while the start-up costs with digital are typically higher than film, with pixels you have an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: shooting 12,000 photos costs the exact same as shooting 5 photos. With film, if you took a bunch of cruddy pictures, you still had to pay to get them developed. With digital, if you take a bunch of cruddy pictures, you see them on your computer and delete them. WARNING: My advice to you is to never push that little trashcan button on your camera, unless you are absolutely desperate for card memory. Always first look at your pictures large on a computer screen. It may look better than when you saw it two-inches wide on an LCD screen.
So why the hay are you blathering on about this, Jeremy? My point is, with pixels being even cheaper than film, you have no excuse not to shoot to your heart’s content! Make images of everything that appeals to your eyes. Experiment and find new ways to photograph the ordinary. When I’m out shooting, I often tell myself to “Think original,” so that I push my own boundaries. The important thing is to share your unique personal vision with the rest of the world.
“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.” – Ernst Haas